Living repository of knowledge in Humanitarian Action

The Humanitarian Encyclopedia is a collaborative project with humanitarian and academic partners, combining theory and practice to support the growing ranks of humanitarian stakeholders in their strategic thinking, design and implementation of humanitarian responses.

It responds to the documented need to interrogate how terms and concepts used in humanitarian action are understood and applied across time, cultures, and organizations. It becomes a living repository of knowledge in Humanitarian Action offering the humanitarian community a clear and comprehensive reference framework and the opportunity to share and co-create knowledge.
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Recent News

Knocking at the door of Europe

Mid-July in Brussels: Prof Doris Schopper met the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides to discuss the Humanitarian Encyclopedia project. The Cypriot Stylianides has held this position since 2014 with one of his responsibilities being to…

Happy to be on board

In recent years, CERAH has become an internationally recognized educational platform. The Humanitarian Encyclopedia Project marks a new milestone, as an ambitious research project elaborated under the auspices of CERAH. We thank the Swiss Development and Cooperation agency (SDC) as well as the Advisory Board and members of the Scientific Committee for their support to this project, and wish you every success. In this context, we at the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies intend not only to maintain our support to CERAH. We also plan to enhance that support through greater involvement of our professors in CERAH’s teaching and research activities.

Y. Fluckiger, University of Geneva & Prof P. Burrin, IHEID

ALNAP research has consistently found a high degree of terminology inconsistency for key humanitarian concepts. This can often result in a lack of clarity at both a theoretical and practical level. An initiative aimed at finding a shared understanding for these concepts has the potential to make collective action more effective and bring about changes and improvements in humanitarian action.

John Mitchell, ALNAP Director

With greater localisation of humanitarian action, ADRRN sees immense value in the Encyclopedia project. We see it as a bridge-building as well as a learning tool for dialogue and joint action with the increasing number and variety of actors.

Manu GUPTA, Chairperson, Asian Disaster Reduction & Response Network (ADRRN)